“We ask everyone to stay vigilant and remember ‘If you see something, say something!,’ ” LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said today to those attending the Emmy Awards downtown and the Los Angeles Rams’ first home game of the NFL season. While providing no specific details of extra measures in place, the City of Angels’ top cop promised a “secure environment” for the high-profile events as well as the city itself.
“As of this hour there are no known, specific, or credible threats here in Los Angeles,” Beck said Sunday as nominees and more head down to the Microsoft Theatre downtown for the Jimmy Kimmel-hosted 68th Primetime Emmys ceremony, and tens of thousands descend on L.A. Memorial Coliseum for the newly relocated Rams’ game against the Seattle Seahawks that kicks off at 1 PM. The Emmys kick off at 5 PM PT on ABC.
The LAPD chief’s remarks (see the full statement below), come just hours after an explosion in Manhattan injured 29 people late Saturday night. Earlier in the day, a trio of pipe bombs went off in Seaside Park, NJ near where a Marine Corps charity run was taking place — fortunately, no one was injured in the Garden State incident. As of yet, no motive or responsible party has been identified for what could have been two far deadlier and fatal acts of terror.
Here are Chief Beck’s full remarks on the explosions back East and the situation in L.A.:
As you wake up this morning to the troubling events in New York and New Jersey, please rest assured we have been monitoring the situation throughout the night. As of this hour there are no known, specific, or credible threats here in Los Angeles. The LAPD and its law enforcement partners here in California and at the Federal level are constantly assessing threat levels to ensure the safety of LA residents. We have a number of high profile events in Los Angeles today with the return of the Rams to the Coliseum and the Emmys at Staples Center. People attending these events can most certainly feel safe, as our LAPD officers and other city partners have taken every step to ensure a secure environment. Nevertheless, we ask everyone to stay vigilant and remember “If you see something, say something!” Also don’t forget to download the “iWATCH LA” app for your smart phone. This empowers all LA residents to report any suspicious activity from their mobile device.